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Poster: John Quigley Date: Feb 13, 2010 7:50am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Torchy the Battery Boy Uploaded

http://www.archive.org/details/TorchyTheBatteryBoyS01e1

It might need some time to derive.
Take a look, you might like it, and if you do, make sure to review. (That rhymed, wow!)

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Poster: FP   Date: Feb 13, 2010 7:42pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Torchy the Battery Boy Uploaded

Cool, thanks. I never saw one of these weird things. Nifty bizarre theme song.

How was this ripped? Is it from a tape or DVD? NTSC or PAL? This file plays a little jerky - in fact, it has almost exactly the same juddery motion artifacts as the 2007 YouTube version, whcih I just looked up.

This post was modified by FP   on 2010-02-14 03:42:59

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Poster: John Quigley Date: Feb 14, 2010 1:48am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Torchy the Battery Boy Uploaded

That's where I got it from, Youtube. I've asked the account holder if it's ok.
Usually, I rip my stuff from Tapes from PAL tapes or DVD, but since the Torchy DVD is out of print near me, I had to source this on the Internet.

This post was modified by John Quigley on 2010-02-14 09:48:37

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Poster: FP   Date: Feb 14, 2010 7:17am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Torchy the Battery Boy Uploaded

Oh! That explains it. The file is interlaced, which led me to assume it was from a DVD source. However, no combination of cadence settings would allow me to extract a clean 24P version, which is weird. Usually I load 3:2 NTSC pulldowns into AE and reconstruct fairly clean frames into a 24fps stream for further manipulaiton. The YouTube file may have started as a 25fps PAL source, which YouTube converted automatically into its 30fps standard, which doubled frames and juddered motion. Then that file was converted into an NTSC 29.97 file to upload to the archive, introducing interlace artifacts, so there's no practical hope of extracting clean frames from it.

If this is actually in public domain, I may track down a DVD and use some shots from it. I didn't even know TORCHY was in home video release. Thanks for posting it - - -

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Poster: John Quigley Date: Feb 14, 2010 7:45am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Torchy the Battery Boy Uploaded

Right, I think I understand. Torchy would be originally in 25fps, as it's from UK. I'm from the UK, so if I'm burning a DVD for myself I tend to convert 30fps stuff to 25fps stuff.

With Torchy, it looks to me like it was taken from a PAL DVD, but converted to NTSC to upload to Youtube. I didn't change any settings, though I can now see what you mean.

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Poster: FP   Date: Feb 14, 2010 12:37pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Torchy the Battery Boy Uploaded

It's a tricky thing to keep in mind. Occasionally, I produce work for UK and other PAL clients, so I have to make sure all the video incompatibilities are sorted out. Discovering what makes things look odd is often a fun bit of detective work.

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